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Opinion
By Aki Kachi on 23 Nov 2017

UN carbon markets: Have we exchanged enough views already?

Far from the sandy beaches of the South Pacific, the 23rd UN climate talks (COP23) was a mostly dreary endeavour in the grey of November in Bonn. The negotiations on the Paris Agreement’s market provisions, the Article 6, moved the process an itsy bit forward, while still leaving all the critical issues open to further…

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Opinion
By Aki Kachi on 25 Oct 2017

Why should civil society get involved in carbon pricing policies

Carbon Market Watch has just released a new policy brief on carbon pricing. Aki Kachi, Carbon Market Watch’s international policy director, gives a brief introduction of what those policies can help achieve and why should civil society get involved. 2017 has among the highest ever recorded temperatures. There were days where it was too hot…

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Opinion
By Aki Kachi on 18 Sep 2017

Governments pledging to boost carbon pricing must follow up with ambitious action

In the days of Trump, Irma, Harvey, Talim and Doksuri, it is important to have positive signs that people can also work together, especially on climate change. The tenth anniversary of the International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP) on 1 September 2017 was one such occasion. One must hope that the gathering gave policymakers renewed ambition…

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Opinion
By Aki Kachi on 20 Jul 2017

The Future of Californian Carbon Pricing after 2020

California is currently debating the future of its cap and trade program, which will play an important role in reaching its climate goals. The future of the system is controversial, but there have been a couple of important key reform proposals made by members of the California legislature, notably State Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) and…

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Opinion
By Aki Kachi on 18 Jul 2017

Market negotiations make little progress in Bonn

18 Jul 2017 Despite the political uncertainties around US’ participation in the Paris Agreement, technical negotiations on how to implement the climate deal, including through carbon markets, continued at the UN Climate Conference last May. While delegations stressed continued commitment to the Paris Agreement, little progress was made on the Article 6. Disagreements over the…

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Press release
18 Apr 2017

New study adds urgency to end UN carbon offsetting scheme

Brussels 19 April 2017. The European Commission has released a new study showing major flaws in carbon offsets from the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). As countries flesh out the rules to implement the Paris Agreement, Carbon Market Watch calls for an end to the scheme, and a shift away from offsetting as a climate policy…

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Opinion
By Juliane Voigt, Pierre-Jean Brasier on 13 Apr 2017

UN climate fund should learn from past mistakes and reject large hydro dam projects

In a controversial move, the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) has approved three large hydro dam projects, despite concerns raised by civil society on the extensive adverse social and environmental effects these projects can have. This development has to be seen very critically, especially considering past negative experiences under the Clean Development Mechanism…

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Opinion
By Kelsey Perlman on 16 Dec 2016

ICAO’s measure not in line with the Paris Agreement

Carbon Market Watch’s aviation campaign was a prominent feature of 2016, as countries were set to adopt the first measure to address international aviation’s role in fighting climate change. Despite the array of online actions taken by civil society (thank you to all of you who participated) the ICAO General Assembly has adopted an agreement…

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Opinion
By Pierre-Jean Brasier on 16 Dec 2016

Will carbon markets be part of the climate change solution?

Climate campaigners looking for progress in the Marrakech negotiations went away disappointed. The election of Donald Trump as US president shortly after the meeting started cast a gloom over the talks, only slightly lifted by the most vulnerable countries committing to transition to 100% renewable energy. Market negotiators at the UN climate change conference in Marrakesh…

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